Watson Chronicle


Support for Educators in the Field

WCE’s PDS Hosts Professional Development Day and Partnership Teacher Celebration

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

The Watson College was host to a Professional Development Day for beginning teachers on April 15. Eighty teachers attended the event, coordinated by WCE’s First Years of Teaching Support Program, offered through the PDS Office. Promise of Leadership Award recipients designed workshops for the BT event in partnership with Master Teacher mentors.

Recipients of the Promise of Leadership Award for the 2015-16 school year were Sarah Brock, Lincoln Elementary; Bobby Garcia, Williston Middle; Julia Hagerty, Warsaw Elementary; Patrick Holder, D.C. Virgo Preparatory; Canesha Jacobs, Cape Fear Center for Inquiry; Jonathan Locklear, John T. Hoggard High School; Sarah Osborne, Brunswick Early College High School; Jasmin Rode, Rachel Freeman Elementary; Michael Smith, James Kenan High and Valerie Taylor, John T. Hoggard High.

Partnership Teacher Celebration Held April 27

More than 150 partnership teachers, site coordinators, student interns, university supervisors and staff attended a dinner hosted by WCE's Professional Development System (PDS) Office on April 27. The event is held each semester to celebrate the college’s collaborative work with partnership schools and interns.

Katherine Larkins was recognized as the spring 2016 Roy E. Harkin Award recipient at the event. Larkins is a sixth-grade science teacher at Murray Middle School and serves as the Murray site coordinator, working with UNCW interns and field placements as part of the university’s professional development system. The award for excellence as a partnership teacher was established in 2008 in memory of Roy E. Harkin, who served as the chair of the Education Department at UNCW from 1976 to 1979 and as Dean of the School of Education until 1991.

Partnership in Action Mini-Awards

During the spring semester, the PDS Office supported faculty research with PDS partners. Mini-award recipients are:

  • Lynn Sikma and Victoria Minshew, "Prioritizing STEM: Utilizing a STEM Resource Lab to Increase Elementary Teachers' and Students' STEM Experiences"
  • Candace Thompson, Susan Catapano, Elisa Doyle, and Kimberly Loye, "Mirrors and Windows: Working Toward Culturally Responsive Literacy Instruction Using Urban Literature Texts in Middle Grades"
  • Hengameh Kermani, Bailey Oelslager and Beth Peddle,"Empower Us!: The Impact of Professional Opportunities"

PDS Spring 2016 Newsletter

For more information on activities of the Watson College PDS Office, and a calendar of 2016-17 workshops and events, visit the PDS Spring 2016 newsletter: www.uncw.edu/ed/pds/documents/SpringNewsletter2016newformat_000.pdf.